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Matthew 21:1-11 Minister Alex Smith

Crowds cheer Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem

Before Jesus’ entry into the Jerusalem he instructs two of his disciples to go to the village of Bethphage and there they would find a donkey and her colt, they were to untie them and bring them to him. Further, if anyone said anything to them they were to tell them the Lord needs them.” What we see overall is once again, God, the Lord, Jesus giving instruction on what is to be done having already made the preparation for what was needed. God has always through his grace made a way for us and so when the task is at hand we can be assured that God has already prepared the way for us to perform what he has asked of us.

Jesus continued to define who he is by his actions. He did not request a majestic stallion to ride upon to make his entry into Jerusalem. He chose a donkey, basic transportation, symbolizing that he was not coming as a warrior but as a King. He had the authority to choose any option he wanted for his entry but he chose what was meek and lowly. As our king and prophet we freely submit ourselves to our Lord and Savior and allow him free rule and reign.

The people received and acknowledged him as king, the son of David and coming in the name of the Lord. They gave him the highest praise and spread palm branches and their coats on the road before him. The whole city was stirred by his entry and when asked who he was, they said he was the “prophet from Nazareth”. But we know he is much more than a prophet, he is Lord of all.

Now is the time that we should not only reflect and assess our Christian walk but we should also assess how we see Jesus. Are we seeing him as he represented and identified himself or are we seeing him the way we would prefer to see a King. Jesus came into the world lowly and laying in a manger, as he rides into Jerusalem with so much fanfare from the crowd, he is going to the cross, not as a warrior king but the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

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Three Thoughts as We Wind Down 2016

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Winding down on another year and there is so much to reflect and comment on. However for this time I would like to address three things.

Firstly, I must say I am amazed how many professed believers continue to celebrate Halloween and facilitate and encourage their children to do so also. I would remind us that we are called to be separate from the world and there is no provision in our walk to accommodate embracing celebrations rooted in pagan mystic cultures, no matter how popular or innocent fun it’s proclaimed to be. When we open ourselves to the occult whether it be halloween, zodiac, numerology or any seemingly inconsequential practices, it cannot be good. Know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough and it’s indeed the little foxes that ruin the whole vineyard. Rather that learning the ways of the world lets stand for Christ and be effective witnesses of his leading the world out of darkness into his marvelous light. Its very difficult to make an appeal for Christ if there is no difference between you and the world. Be in the world but not of the world, make sure we are holding true to our calling.

Secondly, I’ve been reflecting on not only how important it is to give God of our resources and all he has blessed us with but to include ourselves in that giving. When we are presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to God we should remember to give him the first of our time in prayer, as well as reading, studying and meditating upon his word. We should be gladly giving of our time in fellowship, hospitality and out reach. All of these sacrifices are just as important as the sacrifices of giving of your monetary first fruits.

Thirdly, this election season has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous and God’s people should keep their wits about them and keep their focus on who will implement policies and that will bring about justice and helping the least of these. We must look past the rhetoric and propaganda of the political machine, do our due diligence, investigate allegations and accusations if you are concerned the might have merit. We live in an information age and we have resources at our disposal to make informed decisions and we have no excuse for not doing so. Read, discuss and stay informed.

God Bless

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